The World’s Most Famous Spring Marathons


Some of the world’s most famous marathons happen before summer arrives. Keep these noteworthy events in mind for future spring marathons, but remember—they sell out in a heartbeat.

 Tokyo Marathon

Date: Feb. 22

Place: Tokyo

Inaugural year: 2007, although it was actually two different marathons alternating years, going back to 1981

Course info: This marathon, while often rainy, takes runners right past the Imperial Palace gardens.

Course records: 2:05:42, Dickson Chumba (KEN), 2014; 2:22:23, Tirfi Tsegaye (ETH), 2014

Fun fact: One of the World Marathon Majors as of 2013, the Tokyo Marathon is one of the hardest races in the world to get an entry to compete.

What to expect this year: As of Dec. 9, both 2012 Olympic marathon champions—Stephen Kiprotich and Tiki Gelana—were confirmed to compete in this year’s event.

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